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Diddy home raid footage leaked by ex-girlfriend who slams federal agents for ‘terrorising’ their sons

Sean “Diddy” Combs ex-girlfriend Misa Hylton shared security footage of the raid on the rapper’s Los Angeles home as she slammed federal agents for “terrorising” their sons.

Ms Hylton is the mother of Diddy’s sons Justin Combs, 30, and his brother Christian “King” Combs, 26, who were both handcuffed by agents during the 25 March raid, carried out in connection to a federal sex trafficking investigation.

On 2 April, she took to Instagram to post video of the raid and blasted the “overzealous and overtly militarized force” used that day.

“[The force] used against my sons Justin and Christian is deplorable. If these were the sons of a non-Black celebrity, they would not have been handled with the same aggression,” she wrote. “The attempt to humiliate and terrorize these innocent young BLACK MEN is despicable!”

Diddy has also described the actions of agents as a “gross overuse of military-level force” and insisted he is innocent of any wrongdoing, as he faces a growing number of lawsuits including for sexual abuse.

This comes as a victim of the infamous 1999 Club New York shooting spoke out to reveal the extreme lengths she will go to prove Diddy was her attacker.

Key Points

  • Universal Music Group fires back at producer’s Diddy sexual assault lawsuit

  • Diddy posts on social media for first time since federal raids

  • Infamous 1999 shooting could be re-investigated as part of Diddy probe

  • Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs spotted in Miami over Easter weekend

  • Diddy back-up dancer reveals ‘horrific’ experience with rapper

Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs spotted in Florida over Easter weekend

Sunday 31 March 2024 21:02 , Mike Bedigan

Sean “Diddy” Combs has been reportedly spotted several times in south Florida during the Easter weekend, despite a major raid on his exclusive Star Island mansion just days before.

Combs was seen interacting with fans at the Pura Vida restaurant near First Street and Washington Avenue on Friday and riding a bicycle near his property.

Earlier on Friday, he was reportedly spotted at a Top Golf location in Sweetwater.

On Monday his properties in Los Angeles and Miami were raided by officials from US Homeland Security. Combs described the actions of HSI agents as a “gross overuse of military-level force”.

Sean ‘Puffy’ Combs at the MTV Europe Music Awards in 1999 (Getty Images)
Sean ‘Puffy’ Combs at the MTV Europe Music Awards in 1999 (Getty Images)

Watch: Diddy raided: Attorney says Sean Combs is innocent

Sunday 31 March 2024 22:30 , Mike Bedigan

Cuba Gooding Jr accused of sexual assault in Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs lawsuit

Monday 1 April 2024 00:02 , Mike Bedigan

Just hours after federal agents raided Diddy’s homes, Rodney “lil Rod” Jones filed an amendment to his case accusing actor Cuba Gooding, known for his films Boyz N the Hood and Jerry Maguire, of sexual assault.

The music producer said Mr Gooding sexually harassed and assaulted him after being “groomed” and then “passed off” by Diddy to the actor.

“Cuba Gooding Jr began touching, groping, and fondling Mr Jones’ legs, his upper inner thighs near his groin, the small of his back near his buttocks, and his shoulders,” the amendment to the lawsuit stated.

The Independent has previously contacted Mr Gooding’s representatives for comment.

VIOLENCIA SEXUAL-CUBA GOODING JR (AP)
VIOLENCIA SEXUAL-CUBA GOODING JR (AP)

In pictures: US Homeland Security raids on Diddy’s properties

Monday 1 April 2024 02:00 , Mike Bedigan

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Recap: What we know about the raids on Diddy’s homes

Monday 1 April 2024 03:00 , Mike Bedigan

Homes belonging to Sean “Diddy” Combs in Los Angeles and Miami were raided by officials from US Homeland Security on Monday 25 March in connection to a federal sex trafficking investigation.

The music mogul has issued one public statement via lawyers, but has kept a low public profile since the incident.

Here’s what you need to know:

Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs’ homes have been raided by US law enforcement. Here’s what we know

A swimming pool, chandeliers and dusty fireplaces: Inside Diddy’s abandoned Atlanta mansion

Monday 1 April 2024 05:00 , Mike Bedigan

The kitchen counters are covered in dust; a crystal chandelier hangs from the ceiling, coated in cobwebs. Around the huge rooms, furniture and pieces of decor sit in various states of disrepair.

This is the abandoned Atlanta mansion once owned by music mogul Sean “P Diddy” Combs, who is back in the spotlight after two of his properties were raided by US Homeland Security this week.

The Bad Boy Entertainment founder bought the eight-bedroom, 16-bathroom home – which was built in 1987 – for $2.6m (£2m) from HJ Newton in 2003, and has never spoken about why he left it empty for so many years.

Read more from The Independent:

Eerie photos show Diddy’s abandoned Atlanta mansion

Prince Harry named in $30m Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs sexual assault lawsuit

Monday 1 April 2024 07:00 , Mike Bedigan

The Duke of Sussex has been named in a $30m (£24m) lawsuit against Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, in which the rapper is accused of sex trafficking and sexual abuse.

Combs, who faces a litany of sexual assault allegations, is said to have drawn guests to his infamous parties through his VIP associations with “celebrities such as famous athletes, political figures, artists, musicians and international dignitaries like British Royal, Prince Harry”, according to the legal notice.

The 73-page lawsuit was filed last month by record producer Rodney Jones, and accuses the billionaire of being a serial sex abuser.

READ MORE:

Why was Prince Harry named in $30m Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs sexual assault lawsuit

WATCH: Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs' mansion completely trashed after being raided by feds.

Monday 1 April 2024 09:00 , Mike Bedigan

Diddy posts on social media for first time since federal raids

Monday 1 April 2024 10:50 , Rachel Sharp

Sean “Diddy” Combs has posted on social media for the first time since the raids on his homes in Miami and Los Angeles.

On 25 March, his mansions were raided by federal agents from US Homeland Security in connection to a federal sex trafficking investigation. Diddy described the actions of agents as a “gross overuse of military-level force” and insisted he is innocent of any wrongdoing.

Diddy took to Instagram for the first time since the raids on Sunday, sharing a series of photos of his toddler daughter.

“HAPPY EASTER from Baby Love,” he captioned the post.

The rapper made no mention of the current firestorm.

Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs breaks silence after home raids: ‘A gross overuse of military-level force’

Monday 1 April 2024 11:30 , Mike Bedigan

Sean “Diddy” Combs has broken his silence following raids on two of his homes, describing the actions of US Homeland Security agents as a “gross overuse of military-level force”.

Lawyers for the rapper and music mogul said there was “no excuse” for the “hostility” shown by authorities towards Combs’ children and staff members at the two properties.

The raids occurred on Monday at the hip-hop star’s mansion in the Holmby Hills area of Los Angeles, California, and his Miami Beach home on Star Island, in Florida.

READ MORE:

Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs breaks silence after home raids: ‘A gross overuse of force’

Watch: Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs allegations

Monday 1 April 2024 12:00 , Mike Bedigan

Infamous 1999 shooting could be re-investigated as part of federal probe into Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs

Monday 1 April 2024 12:30 , Rachel Sharp

Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs’ past is back in the spotlight as a sweeping federal sex trafficking probe into the rapper is set to widen after agents raided his mansions in connection to the investigation.

The infamous Club New York shooting from 1999 and the sensational 2001 trial could possibly be re-investigated as part of the probe, two law enforcement officials told The New York Post.

In an explosive lawsuit from February that alleges Combs sexually assaulted music producer Rodney “Lil Rod” Jones and forced him to have sex with sex workers, Mr Jones claimed Diddy was often “bragging about bribing witnesses, and jurors in the criminal case concerning the 1999 NYC nightclub shooting with Shyne”.

Diddy, his then-girlfriend Jennifer Lopez, his bodyguard, Anthony “Wolf” Jones, and rapper Jamal “Shyne” Barrow, were arrested after the club shooting that injured three people.

Read the full story:

Infamous 1999 shooting could be re-investigated as part of federal probe into ‘Diddy’

ICYMI: Here are the celebrities and artists named in the Diddy lawsuit

Monday 1 April 2024 13:00 , Mike Bedigan

In an explosive lawsuit filed just one month before federal agents raided Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs’ homes, a music producer named several industry giants — and even British royalty — in court filings, Katie Hawkinson reports.

Full story here:

From Hollywood royalty to literal royalty: The celebrities named in the Diddy lawsuit

Who is named in Diddy lawsuits?

Monday 1 April 2024 13:30 , Rachel Sharp

Last month, music producer Rodney “Lil Rod” Jones published a bombshell lawsuit accusing rapper Sean “Diddy” Combs and his associates of sexual assault.

The producer, who worked for Combs between September 2022 and November 2023, named several notable people in his lawsuit, including fellow musicians, British royalty and members of Diddy’s staff. In response, Diddy’s lawyer has claimed Mr Jones’ lawsuit engages “reckless name-dropping about events that are pure fiction and simply did not” occur.

The lawsuit re-emerged in headlines this week after federal agents raided Diddy’s homes in Los Angeles, California and Miami, Florida.

A statement from Homeland Security said law enforcement actions had been “executed as part of an ongoing investigation with assistance from HSI Los Angeles, HSI Miami and our local law enforcement partners.” Meanwhile, Diddy’s lawyer Aaron Dyers called the raids “a gross overuse of military-level force.”

While Diddy is also facing several other lawsuits, Mr Jones’ filing is the most recent and most expansive legal attack on the rapper yet.

Here are the most notable people named in Mr Jones’ scathing lawsuit:

From Hollywood royalty to literal royalty: The celebrities named in the Diddy lawsuit

Diddy’s chief of staff Kristina Khorram named in Lil Rod’s lawsuit against Diddy

Monday 1 April 2024 14:00 , Rachel Sharp

Kristina Khorram, Diddy’s Chief of Staff, is named in Rodney “Lil Rod” Jones’ lawsuit against Diddy.

Among other things, the music producer accused Ms Khorram of requiring all of Diddy’s employees to carry drugs around his home, including cocaine, GHB, ecstasy and marijuana. He also claimed Ms Khorram “ordered sex workers, and prostitutes” for her boss.

Mr Jones also said the chief of staff “is the Ghislaine Maxwell to Sean Combs Jeffrey Epstein,” referring to the former British socialite currently being held in prison for twenty years after being convicted of child sex trafficking and other related charges.

The Independent has contacted Ms Khorram for comment.

ICYMI: Diddy posts on social media for first time since federal raids

Monday 1 April 2024 14:30 , Katie Hawkinson

Sean “Diddy” Combs has posted on social media for the first time since the raids on his homes in Miami and Los Angeles.

On 25 March, his mansions were raided by federal agents from US Homeland Security in connection to a federal sex trafficking investigation. Diddy described the actions of agents as a “gross overuse of military-level force” and insisted he is innocent of any wrongdoing.

Diddy took to Instagram for the first time since the raids on Sunday, sharing a series of photos of his toddler daughter.

“HAPPY EASTER from Baby Love,” he captioned the post.

The rapper made no mention of the current firestorm.

Actress-Model Daphne Joy and Rapper Yung Miami named in lawsuit against Diddy

Monday 1 April 2024 15:00 , Katie Hawkinson

Last month, music producer Rodney “Lil Rod” Jones published a bombshell lawsuit accusing rapper Sean “Diddy” Combs and his associates of sexual assault.

The producer, who worked for Combs between September 2022 and November 2023, named several notable people in his lawsuit, including fellow musicians, British royalty and members of Diddy’s staff. In response, Diddy’s lawyer has claimed Mr Jones’ lawsuit engages “reckless name-dropping about events that are pure fiction and simply did not” occur.

Daphne Joy and Yung Miami are named as alleged “sex workers” that Mr Jones says Diddy paid a “monthly fee” and forced him to solicit.

In an Instagram statement, Ms Joy called Mr Jones’ claims “100% false” and accused him of “character assassination.” Meanwhile, Yung Miami seemed to deny the claims as well, responding to a post on X implying she would do anything “for $250k.”

“Something the internet made up and yall ran with it,” the rapper said on X.

Ms Joy dated Curtis Jackson III, also known as 50 Cent, from 2011 to 2012. The actress and model also had a child with the rapper.

“I didn’t know you was a sex worker, [eye emojis] you little sex worker. LOL Yo this s*** is a movie,” 50 Cent wrote on social media after Mr Jones filed the lawsuit. He did not address Ms Joy directly in his statement.

Mr Jones also alleges that Yung Miami’s “cousin, and or assistant,” sexually assaulted him on Thanksgiving Day in 2022.

From Hollywood royalty to literal royalty: Here are the celebrities and artists named in the Diddy lawsuit

Monday 1 April 2024 15:30 , Katie Hawkinson

Catch up on all those named in the latest lawsuit against Diddy:

From Hollywood royalty to literal royalty: The celebrities named in the Diddy lawsuit

SEE IT: US Homeland Security raids on Diddy’s properties

Monday 1 April 2024 16:00 , Katie Hawkinson

Law enforcement raided Diddy’s homes in California and Florida last week (AP)
Law enforcement raided Diddy’s homes in California and Florida last week (AP)
The raid came after several lawsuits were filed against the rapper (Copyright 2024 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)
The raid came after several lawsuits were filed against the rapper (Copyright 2024 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

Music industry giants named in recent lawsuit against Diddy

Monday 1 April 2024 16:30 , Katie Hawkinson

Rodney Jones named both Universal Music Group (UMG) CEO Lucian Graine and Ethiopia Habtemariam, former CEO of Motown Records — owned by UMG — in his February lawsuit against Diddy.

Mr Graine and Ms Habtemariam, along with their music labels and others, “are 100% liable for the actions of Sean Combs,” Mr Jones claimed in his lawsuit. The producer said Diddy would threaten him with isolation from the music industry, using his connections with these CEOs as leverage.

The lawsuit states Diddy and his associates used “threats of isolation from the music and entertainment industry: parading powerful music industry executives such as Defendants Lucian Charles Grainge, Ethiopia Habtemariam at his parties filled with sex workers, minors, and illegal drugs, such as ecstasy, cocaine, GHB, ketamine, marijuana, and mushrooms.”

Earlier this week, Ms Habtemariam said she would be willing to testify about the contact Mr Jones signed to produce Diddy’s “The Love Album.” Meanwhile, Mr Grainge’s lawyers have filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit.

“A license to practice law is a privilege,” Donald Zakarin, the attorney who represents UMG and Grainge, wrote per Billboard. “Mr. Blackburn, plaintiff’s lawyer, has misused that license to self-promote, gratuitously, falsely and recklessly accusing the UMG defendants of criminal behavior.”

Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs mutes comments on Instagram after returning to social media

Monday 1 April 2024 17:01 , Katie Hawkinson

Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs mutes comments on Instagram after returning to social media

Diddy posts on social media for first time since federal raids

Monday 1 April 2024 17:30 , Katie Hawkinson

Sean “Diddy” Combs has posted on social media for the first time since the raids on his homes in Miami and Los Angeles.

On 25 March, his mansions were raided by federal agents from US Homeland Security in connection to a federal sex trafficking investigation. Diddy described the actions of agents as a “gross overuse of military-level force” and insisted he is innocent of any wrongdoing.

Diddy took to Instagram for the first time since the raids on Sunday, sharing a series of photos of his toddler daughter.

“HAPPY EASTER from Baby Love,” he captioned the post.

The rapper made no mention of the current firestorm.

Monday 1 April 2024 18:00 , Katie Hawkinson

Tanika Ray says she had ‘horrific’ experience with Diddy: ‘Avoid him at all costs’

Tanika Ray, a TV host and one-time backup singer for Sean “Diddy“ Combs, said she had a “horrific” experience with the rapper that caused her to avoid him.

Ray wrote in a social media post that she knew to “Avoid him at all costs.”

“I just knew to avoid him at all costs … Yes, I danced for him and kept my space. I interviewed him for his projects and kept my space. Nothing that is happening is surprising.” she wrote, according to Page Six.

Read more from The Independent’s Graig Graziosi:

TV host Tanika Ray says she had ‘horrific’ experience with Diddy

Diddy footage resurfaces of his ‘48 hours’ with 15-year-old Justin Bieber

Monday 1 April 2024 18:30 , Katie Hawkinson

Footage of Sean “Diddy” Combs hanging out with a 15-year-old Justin Bieber has resurfaced after the rapper’s homes were raided in connection to a federal human trafficking investigation.

The raids occurred on Monday (25 March) at the hip-hop star’s mansion in the Holmby Hills area of Los Angeles, California, and his Miami Beach home on Star Island, in Florida.

Read on:

Diddy footage resurfaces of his ‘48 hours’ with 15-year-old Justin Bieber

ICYMI: Here are all the allegations made against Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs

Monday 1 April 2024 19:00 , Katie Hawkinson

Here are all the allegations made against Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs

ICYMI: What we know about the raids on Diddy’s homes

Monday 1 April 2024 19:30 , Katie Hawkinson

Homes belonging to Sean “Diddy” Combs in Los Angeles and Miami were raided by officials from US Homeland Security on Monday 25 March in connection to a federal sex trafficking investigation.

The music mogul has issued one public statement via lawyers, but has kept a low public profile since the incident.

Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs’ homes have been raided by US law enforcement. Here’s what we know

Diddy’s chief of staff Kristina Khorram named in Lil Rod’s lawsuit against Diddy

Monday 1 April 2024 20:00 , Katie Hawkinson

Kristina Khorram, Diddy’s Chief of Staff, is named in Rodney “Lil Rod” Jones’ lawsuit against Diddy.

Among other things, the music producer accused Ms Khorram of requiring all of Diddy’s employees to carry drugs around his home, including cocaine, GHB, ecstasy and marijuana. He also claimed Ms Khorram “ordered sex workers, and prostitutes” for her boss.

Mr Jones also said the chief of staff “is the Ghislaine Maxwell to Sean Combs Jeffrey Epstein,” referring to the former British socialite currently being held in prison for twenty years after being convicted of child sex trafficking and other related charges.

The Independent has contacted Ms Khorram for comment.

Infamous 1999 shooting could be re-investigated as part of federal probe into Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs

Monday 1 April 2024 20:30 , Katie Hawkinson

Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs’ past is back in the spotlight as a sweeping federal sex trafficking probe into the rapper is set to widen after agents raided his mansions in connection to the investigation.

The infamous Club New York shooting from 1999 and the sensational 2001 trial could possibly be re-investigated as part of the probe, two law enforcement officials told The New York Post.

In an explosive lawsuit from February that alleges Combs sexually assaulted music producer Rodney “Lil Rod” Jones and forced him to have sex with sex workers, Mr Jones claimed Diddy was often “bragging about bribing witnesses, and jurors in the criminal case concerning the 1999 NYC nightclub shooting with Shyne”.

Diddy, his then-girlfriend Jennifer Lopez, his bodyguard, Anthony “Wolf” Jones, and rapper Jamal “Shyne” Barrow, were arrested after the club shooting that injured three people.

Read more:

Infamous 1999 shooting could be re-investigated as part of federal probe into ‘Diddy’

Prince Harry named in $30m Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs sexual assault lawsuit

Monday 1 April 2024 21:00 , Katie Hawkinson

The Duke of Sussex has been named in a $30m (£24m) lawsuit against Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, in which the rapper is accused of sex trafficking and sexual abuse.

Combs, who faces a litany of sexual assault allegations, is said to have drawn guests to his infamous parties through his VIP associations with “celebrities such as famous athletes, political figures, artists, musicians and international dignitaries like British Royal, Prince Harry”, according to the legal notice.

The 73-page lawsuit was filed last month by record producer Rodney Jones, and accuses the billionaire of being a serial sex abuser.

Holly Evans has the story:

Why Prince Harry is named in $30m Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs sexual assault lawsuit

Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs spotted in Florida over Easter weekend

Monday 1 April 2024 21:30 , Katie Hawkinson

Sean “Diddy” Combs has been reportedly spotted several times in south Florida during the Easter weekend, despite a major raid on his exclusive Star Island mansion just days before.

Combs was seen interacting with fans at the Pura Vida restaurant near First Street and Washington Avenue on Friday and riding a bicycle near his property.

Earlier on Friday, he was reportedly spotted at a Top Golf location in Sweetwater.

On Monday his properties in Los Angeles and Miami were raided by officials from US Homeland Security. Combs described the actions of HSI agents as a “gross overuse of military-level force”.

Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs’ homes have been raided by US law enforcement. Here’s what we know

Monday 1 April 2024 22:00 , Katie Hawkinson

It has been one week since federal agents raided Sean “Diddy” Combs’ California and Florida homes.

Here’s everything we’ve learned since then:

Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs’ homes have been raided by US law enforcement. Here’s what we know

VIDEO: Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs mutes comments on Instagram after returning to social media

Monday 1 April 2024 22:30 , Katie Hawkinson

Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs mutes comments on Instagram after returning to social media

NYC club shooting victim reveals she’ll go to extreme lengths to prove Diddy shot her

Monday 1 April 2024 22:45 , Katie Hawkinson

NYC club shooting victim reveals she’ll go to extreme lengths to prove Diddy shot her

Music industry giants named in recent lawsuit against Diddy

Monday 1 April 2024 23:00 , Katie Hawkinson

Rodney Jones named both Universal Music Group (UMG) CEO Lucian Graine and Ethiopia Habtemariam, former CEO of Motown Records — owned by UMG — in his February lawsuit against Diddy.

Mr Graine and Ms Habtemariam, along with their music labels and others, “are 100% liable for the actions of Sean Combs,” Mr Jones claimed in his lawsuit. The producer said Diddy would threaten him with isolation from the music industry, using his connections with these CEOs as leverage.

The lawsuit states Diddy and his associates used “threats of isolation from the music and entertainment industry: parading powerful music industry executives such as Defendants Lucian Charles Grainge, Ethiopia Habtemariam at his parties filled with sex workers, minors, and illegal drugs, such as ecstasy, cocaine, GHB, ketamine, marijuana, and mushrooms.”

Earlier this week, Ms Habtemariam said she would be willing to testify about the contact Mr Jones signed to produce Diddy’s “The Love Album.” Meanwhile, Mr Grainge’s lawyers have filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit.

“A license to practice law is a privilege,” Donald Zakarin, the attorney who represents UMG and Grainge, wrote per Billboard. “Mr. Blackburn, plaintiff’s lawyer, has misused that license to self-promote, gratuitously, falsely and recklessly accusing the UMG defendants of criminal behavior.”

WATCH: Police bodycam footage shows Diddy associate Brendan Paul’s arrest in Miami

Tuesday 2 April 2024 00:00 , Katie Hawkinson

Diddy’s chief of staff Kristina Khorram named in Lil Rod’s lawsuit against Diddy

Tuesday 2 April 2024 01:00 , Katie Hawkinson

Kristina Khorram, Diddy’s Chief of Staff, is named in Rodney “Lil Rod” Jones’ lawsuit against Diddy.

Among other things, the music producer accused Ms Khorram of requiring all of Diddy’s employees to carry drugs around his home, including cocaine, GHB, ecstasy and marijuana. He also claimed Ms Khorram “ordered sex workers, and prostitutes” for her boss.

Mr Jones also said the chief of staff “is the Ghislaine Maxwell to Sean Combs Jeffrey Epstein,” referring to the former British socialite currently being held in prison for twenty years after being convicted of child sex trafficking and other related charges.

The Independent has contacted Ms Khorram for comment.

Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs spotted in Florida over Easter weekend

Tuesday 2 April 2024 02:00 , Katie Hawkinson

Sean “Diddy” Combs has been reportedly spotted several times in south Florida during the Easter weekend, despite a major raid on his exclusive Star Island mansion just days before.

Combs was seen interacting with fans at the Pura Vida restaurant near First Street and Washington Avenue on Friday and riding a bicycle near his property.

Earlier on Friday, he was reportedly spotted at a Top Golf location in Sweetwater.

On Monday his properties in Los Angeles and Miami were raided by officials from US Homeland Security. Combs described the actions of HSI agents as a “gross overuse of military-level force”.

Infamous 1999 shooting could be re-investigated as part of federal probe into Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs

Tuesday 2 April 2024 03:00 , Katie Hawkinson

Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs’ past is back in the spotlight as a sweeping federal sex trafficking probe into the rapper is set to widen after agents raided his mansions in connection to the investigation.

The infamous Club New York shooting from 1999 and the sensational 2001 trial could possibly be re-investigated as part of the probe, two law enforcement officials told The New York Post.

In an explosive lawsuit from February that alleges Combs sexually assaulted music producer Rodney “Lil Rod” Jones and forced him to have sex with sex workers, Mr Jones claimed Diddy was often “bragging about bribing witnesses, and jurors in the criminal case concerning the 1999 NYC nightclub shooting with Shyne”.

Diddy, his then-girlfriend Jennifer Lopez, his bodyguard, Anthony “Wolf” Jones, and rapper Jamal “Shyne” Barrow, were arrested after the club shooting that injured three people.

Read more:

Infamous 1999 shooting could be re-investigated as part of federal probe into ‘Diddy’

VIDEO: Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs mutes comments on Instagram after returning to social media

Tuesday 2 April 2024 04:00 , Katie Hawkinson

Prince Harry named in $30m Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs sexual assault lawsuit

Tuesday 2 April 2024 05:01 , Katie Hawkinson

The Duke of Sussex has been named in a $30m (£24m) lawsuit against Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, in which the rapper is accused of sex trafficking and sexual abuse.

Combs, who faces a litany of sexual assault allegations, is said to have drawn guests to his infamous parties through his VIP associations with “celebrities such as famous athletes, political figures, artists, musicians and international dignitaries like British Royal, Prince Harry”, according to the legal notice.

The 73-page lawsuit was filed last month by record producer Rodney Jones, and accuses the billionaire of being a serial sex abuser.

Holly Evans has the story:

Why Prince Harry is named in $30m Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs sexual assault lawsuit

Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs’ homes have been raided by US law enforcement. Here’s what we know

Tuesday 2 April 2024 07:02 , Katie Hawkinson

It has been one week since federal agents raided Sean “Diddy” Combs’ California and Florida homes.

Here’s everything we’ve learned since then:

Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs’ homes have been raided by US law enforcement. Here’s what we know

50 Cent denies ex Daphne Joy’s claims of rape and physical abuse

Tuesday 2 April 2024 09:00 , Katie Hawkinson

50 Cent has denied claims that he raped and physically abused his former girlfriend, Daphne Joy .

Joy accused the rapper and business mogul of the “evil actions” in an Instagram post on Thursday (28 March), after he mocked her on social media for being mentioned as a sex worker in Rodney “Lil Rod” Jones’ lawsuit against Sean “Diddy” Combs.

“Curtis James Jackson. Everything is a joke to you until our safety is compromised, which is happening now. You are wreaking real havoc, frenzy and chaos onto people’s lives,” Joy wrote in her lengthy response.

Read more from The Independent:

50 Cent calls ex Daphne Joy’s claims of rape and physical abuse ‘false and baseless’

Music industry giants named in recent lawsuit against Diddy

Tuesday 2 April 2024 11:00 , Rachel Sharp

Rodney Jones named both Universal Music Group (UMG) CEO Lucian Grainge and Ethiopia Habtemariam, former CEO of Motown Records — owned by UMG — in his February lawsuit against Diddy.

Mr Grainge and Ms Habtemariam, along with their music labels and others, “are 100% liable for the actions of Sean Combs,” Mr Jones claimed in his lawsuit. The producer said Diddy would threaten him with isolation from the music industry, using his connections with these CEOs as leverage.

The lawsuit states Diddy and his associates used “threats of isolation from the music and entertainment industry: parading powerful music industry executives such as Defendants Lucian Charles Grainge, Ethiopia Habtemariam at his parties filled with sex workers, minors, and illegal drugs, such as ecstasy, cocaine, GHB, ketamine, marijuana, and mushrooms.”

Earlier this week, Ms Habtemariam said she would be willing to testify about the contact Mr Jones signed to produce Diddy’s “The Love Album.” Meanwhile, Mr Grainge’s lawyers have filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit.

“A license to practice law is a privilege,” Donald Zakarin, the attorney who represents UMG and Grainge, wrote per Billboard. “Mr. Blackburn, plaintiff’s lawyer, has misused that license to self-promote, gratuitously, falsely and recklessly accusing the UMG defendants of criminal behavior.”

ICYMI: Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs spotted in Florida over Easter weekend

Tuesday 2 April 2024 12:00 , Katie Hawkinson

Sean “Diddy” Combs has been reportedly spotted several times in south Florida during the Easter weekend, despite a major raid on his exclusive Star Island mansion just days before.

Combs was seen interacting with fans at the Pura Vida restaurant near First Street and Washington Avenue on Friday and riding a bicycle near his property.

Earlier on Friday, he was reportedly spotted at a Top Golf location in Sweetwater.

On Monday his properties in Los Angeles and Miami were raided by officials from US Homeland Security. Combs described the actions of HSI agents as a “gross overuse of military-level force”.

Universal Music Group fires back at producer’s Diddy sexual assault lawsuit

Tuesday 2 April 2024 12:41 , Rachel Sharp

Lawyers acting for record label giant Universal Music Group are pushing for their clients to be dismissed from the case brought by producer Rodney Jones, who has accused Sean “Diddy” Combs of sexual abuse.

The lawsuit was filed in a federal court in New York in February, and accuses the music mogul of repeated instances of unsolicited groping and sexual touching. It also claims that Jones was made to work in a bathroom while Diddy showered and walked around naked, and that he was forced to sleep with sex workers.

Diddy’s lawyer branded the events described in the suit as “pure fiction” and said his team had “overwhelming, indisputable proof” that Jones’s claims “are complete lies”.

Donald Zakarin, representing UMG Recordings and its Motown Records division, is now asking the court to have the allegations against the label and former executives, including UMG’s CEO Lucian Grainge, dismissed.

Read the full story:

Universal Music Group fires back at producer’s Diddy sexual assault lawsuit

Diddy’s chief of staff Kristina Khorram named in Lil Rod’s lawsuit against Diddy

Tuesday 2 April 2024 13:00 , Katie Hawkinson

Kristina Khorram, Diddy’s Chief of Staff, is named in Rodney “Lil Rod” Jones’ lawsuit against Diddy.

Among other things, the music producer accused Ms Khorram of requiring all of Diddy’s employees to carry drugs around his home, including cocaine, GHB, ecstasy and marijuana. He also claimed Ms Khorram “ordered sex workers, and prostitutes” for her boss.

Mr Jones also said the chief of staff “is the Ghislaine Maxwell to Sean Combs Jeffrey Epstein,” referring to the former British socialite currently being held in prison for twenty years after being convicted of child sex trafficking and other related charges.

The Independent has contacted Ms Khorram for comment.

VIDEO: Police bodycam footage shows Diddy associate Brendan Paul’s arrest in Miami

Tuesday 2 April 2024 14:00 , Katie Hawkinson

NYC club shooting victim reveals she’ll go to extreme lengths to prove Diddy shot her

Tuesday 2 April 2024 14:30 , Katie Hawkinson

NYC club shooting victim reveals she’ll go to extreme lengths to prove Diddy shot her

ICYMI: Diddy’s chief of staff Kristina Khorram named in Lil Rod’s lawsuit against Diddy

Tuesday 2 April 2024 15:00 , Katie Hawkinson

Kristina Khorram, Diddy’s Chief of Staff, is named in Rodney “Lil Rod” Jones’ lawsuit against Diddy.

Among other things, the music producer accused Ms Khorram of requiring all of Diddy’s employees to carry drugs around his home, including cocaine, GHB, ecstasy and marijuana. He also claimed Ms Khorram “ordered sex workers, and prostitutes” for her boss.

Mr Jones also said the chief of staff “is the Ghislaine Maxwell to Sean Combs Jeffrey Epstein,” referring to the former British socialite currently being held in prison for twenty years after being convicted of child sex trafficking and other related charges.

The Independent has contacted Ms Khorram for comment.

ICYMI: Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs spotted in Florida over Easter weekend

Tuesday 2 April 2024 15:30 , Katie Hawkinson

Sean “Diddy” Combs has been reportedly spotted several times in south Florida during the Easter weekend, despite a major raid on his exclusive Star Island mansion just days before.

Combs was seen interacting with fans at the Pura Vida restaurant near First Street and Washington Avenue on Friday and riding a bicycle near his property.

Earlier on Friday, he was reportedly spotted at a Top Golf location in Sweetwater.

On Monday his properties in Los Angeles and Miami were raided by officials from US Homeland Security. Combs described the actions of HSI agents as a “gross overuse of military-level force”.

Actress-Model Daphne Joy and Rapper Yung Miami named in lawsuit against Diddy

Tuesday 2 April 2024 16:00 , Katie Hawkinson

Last month, music producer Rodney “Lil Rod” Jones published a bombshell lawsuit accusing rapper Sean “Diddy” Combs and his associates of sexual assault.

The producer, who worked for Combs between September 2022 and November 2023, named several notable people in his lawsuit, including fellow musicians, British royalty and members of Diddy’s staff. In response, Diddy’s lawyer has claimed Mr Jones’ lawsuit engages “reckless name-dropping about events that are pure fiction and simply did not” occur.

Daphne Joy and Yung Miami are named as alleged “sex workers” that Mr Jones says Diddy paid a “monthly fee” and forced him to solicit.

In an Instagram statement, Ms Joy called Mr Jones’ claims “100% false” and accused him of “character assassination.” Meanwhile, Yung Miami seemed to deny the claims as well, responding to a post on X implying she would do anything “for $250k.”

“Something the internet made up and yall ran with it,” the rapper said on X.

Ms Joy dated Curtis Jackson III, also known as 50 Cent, from 2011 to 2012. The actress and model also had a child with the rapper.

“I didn’t know you was a sex worker, [eye emojis] you little sex worker. LOL Yo this s*** is a movie,” 50 Cent wrote on social media after Mr Jones filed the lawsuit. He did not address Ms Joy directly in his statement.

Mr Jones also alleges that Yung Miami’s “cousin, and or assistant,” sexually assaulted him on Thanksgiving Day in 2022.

Daphne Joy and 50 Cent, pictured, were previously in a relationship (Getty Images)
Daphne Joy and 50 Cent, pictured, were previously in a relationship (Getty Images)

Universal Music Group fires back at producer’s Diddy sexual assault lawsuit

Tuesday 2 April 2024 16:47 , Katie Hawkinson

Lawyers acting for record label giant Universal Music Group are pushing for their clients to be dismissed from the case brought by producer Rodney Jones, who has accused Sean “Diddy” Combs of sexual abuse.

The lawsuit was filed in a federal court in New York in February, and accuses the music mogul of repeated instances of unsolicited groping and sexual touching. It also claims that Jones was made to work in a bathroom while Diddy showered and walked around naked, and that he was forced to sleep with sex workers.

Diddy’s lawyer branded the events described in the suit as “pure fiction” and said his team had “overwhelming, indisputable proof” that Jones’s claims “are complete lies”.

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Universal Music Group fires back at producer’s Diddy sexual assault lawsuit

VIDEO: Police bodycam footage shows Diddy associate Brendan Paul’s arrest in Miami

Tuesday 2 April 2024 17:10 , Katie Hawkinson

ICYMI: Here are all the allegations made against Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs

Tuesday 2 April 2024 17:30 , Katie Hawkinson

All the allegations made against Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs

Music label named in lawsuit fires back

Tuesday 2 April 2024 18:00 , Roisin O’Connor

Lawyers acting for record label giant Universal Music Group are pushing for their clients to be dismissed from the case brought by producer Rodney Jones, who has accused Sean “Diddy” Combs of sexual abuse.

The lawsuit was filed in a federal court in New York in February, and accuses the music mogul of repeated instances of unsolicited groping and sexual touching. It also claims that Jones was made to work in a bathroom while Diddy showered and walked around naked, and that he was forced to sleep with sex workers.

Donald Zakarin, representing UMG Recordings and its Motown Records division, is now asking the court to have the allegations against the label and former executives, including UMG’s CEO Lucian Grainge, dismissed.

In a letter to the judge seen by Fox News, he called Jones’s inclusion of UMG in the lawsuit an attempt “to fit a square peg in a round hole” as he distanced Diddy, whose homes in Los Angeles and Miami were raided by Homeland Security last week, from the label.

Meanwhile, Diddy’s lawyer branded the events described in the suit as “pure fiction” and said his team had “overwhelming, indisputable proof” that Jones’s claims “are complete lies”.

Prince Harry named in $30m Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs sexual assault lawsuit

Tuesday 2 April 2024 19:00 , Katie Hawkinson

The Duke of Sussex has been named in a $30m (£24m) lawsuit against Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, in which the rapper is accused of sex trafficking and sexual abuse.

Combs, who faces a litany of sexual assault allegations, is said to have drawn guests to his infamous parties through his VIP associations with “celebrities such as famous athletes, political figures, artists, musicians and international dignitaries like British Royal, Prince Harry”, according to the legal notice.

The 73-page lawsuit was filed last month by record producer Rodney Jones, and accuses the billionaire of being a serial sex abuser.

Holly Evans has the story:

Why Prince Harry is named in $30m Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs sexual assault lawsuit

WATCH: NYC club shooting victim reveals she'll go to extreme lengths to prove Diddy shot her

Tuesday 2 April 2024 19:30 , Katie Hawkinson

WATCH: Months before P Diddy’s homes were raided, Katt Williams hinted at his wrongdoings

Tuesday 2 April 2024 20:00 , Katie Hawkinson

From Hollywood royalty to literal royalty: Here are the celebrities and artists named in the Diddy lawsuit

Tuesday 2 April 2024 20:30 , Katie Hawkinson

From Hollywood royalty to literal royalty: The celebrities named in the Diddy lawsuit

ICYMI: Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs spotted in Florida over Easter weekend

Tuesday 2 April 2024 21:00 , Katie Hawkinson

Sean “Diddy” Combs has been reportedly spotted several times in south Florida during the Easter weekend, despite a major raid on his exclusive Star Island mansion just days before.

Combs was seen interacting with fans at the Pura Vida restaurant near First Street and Washington Avenue on Friday and riding a bicycle near his property.

Earlier on Friday, he was reportedly spotted at a Top Golf location in Sweetwater.

On Monday his properties in Los Angeles and Miami were raided by officials from US Homeland Security. Combs described the actions of HSI agents as a “gross overuse of military-level force”.

WATCH: Police bodycam footage shows Diddy associate Brendan Paul’s arrest in Miami

Tuesday 2 April 2024 21:30 , Katie Hawkinson

VIDEO: Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs mutes comments on Instagram after returning to social media

Tuesday 2 April 2024 22:00 , Katie Hawkinson

Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs mutes comments on Instagram after returning to social media

WATCH: Usher reveals what he saw at Diddy's home when he was 13

Tuesday 2 April 2024 22:30 , Katie Hawkinson

Actress-Model Daphne Joy and Rapper Yung Miami named in lawsuit against Diddy

Tuesday 2 April 2024 23:00 , Katie Hawkinson

Last month, music producer Rodney “Lil Rod” Jones published a bombshell lawsuit accusing rapper Sean “Diddy” Combs and his associates of sexual assault.

The producer, who worked for Combs between September 2022 and November 2023, named several notable people in his lawsuit, including fellow musicians, British royalty and members of Diddy’s staff. In response, Diddy’s lawyer has claimed Mr Jones’ lawsuit engages “reckless name-dropping about events that are pure fiction and simply did not” occur.

Daphne Joy and Yung Miami are named as alleged “sex workers” that Mr Jones says Diddy paid a “monthly fee” and forced him to solicit.

In an Instagram statement, Ms Joy called Mr Jones’ claims “100% false” and accused him of “character assassination.” Meanwhile, Yung Miami seemed to deny the claims as well, responding to a post on X implying she would do anything “for $250k.”

“Something the internet made up and yall ran with it,” the rapper said on X.

Ms Joy dated Curtis Jackson III, also known as 50 Cent, from 2011 to 2012. The actress and model also had a child with the rapper.

“I didn’t know you was a sex worker, [eye emojis] you little sex worker. LOL Yo this s*** is a movie,” 50 Cent wrote on social media after Mr Jones filed the lawsuit. He did not address Ms Joy directly in his statement.

Mr Jones also alleges that Yung Miami’s “cousin, and or assistant,” sexually assaulted him on Thanksgiving Day in 2022.

50 Cent and Daphne Joy, pictured, dated and had a child together (Getty Images)
50 Cent and Daphne Joy, pictured, dated and had a child together (Getty Images)

New video shows moment FBI breach Diddy’s home and handcuff sons

Tuesday 2 April 2024 23:26 , Katie Hawkinson

ICYMI: Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs spotted in Florida over Easter weekend

Wednesday 3 April 2024 00:00 , Katie Hawkinson

Sean “Diddy” Combs has been reportedly spotted several times in south Florida during the Easter weekend, despite a major raid on his exclusive Star Island mansion just days before.

Combs was seen interacting with fans at the Pura Vida restaurant near First Street and Washington Avenue on Friday and riding a bicycle near his property.

Earlier on Friday, he was reportedly spotted at a Top Golf location in Sweetwater.

On Monday his properties in Los Angeles and Miami were raided by officials from US Homeland Security. Combs described the actions of HSI agents as a “gross overuse of military-level force”.

Universal Music Group fires back at producer’s Diddy sexual assault lawsuit

01:00 , Katie Hawkinson

Lawyers acting for record label giant Universal Music Group are pushing for their clients to be dismissed from the case brought by producer Rodney Jones, who has accused Sean “Diddy” Combs of sexual abuse.

The lawsuit was filed in a federal court in New York in February, and accuses the music mogul of repeated instances of unsolicited groping and sexual touching. It also claims that Jones was made to work in a bathroom while Diddy showered and walked around naked, and that he was forced to sleep with sex workers.

Diddy’s lawyer branded the events described in the suit as “pure fiction” and said his team had “overwhelming, indisputable proof” that Jones’s claims “are complete lies”.

Read more from Roisin O’Connor

Universal Music Group fires back at producer’s Diddy sexual assault lawsuit

VIDEO: NYC club shooting victim reveals she'll go to extreme lengths to prove Diddy shot her

02:00 , Katie Hawkinson

NYC club shooting victim reveals she’ll go to extreme lengths to prove Diddy shot her

03:00 , Katie Hawkinson

A woman who was injured in a nightclub shooting says she’ll go to extreme lengths to prove that rapper Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs was her attacker.

Natania Reuben was at Club New York in Manhattan, New York in December 1999 when a shooting broke out, injuring three people. Ms Reuben was shot in the face — and now she tells NewsNation she’d allow doctors to remove the pieces of a bullet still embedded in her head to prove Diddy shot her.

“If I didn’t suffer, I’m willing to have a doctor remove a part of the nine-millimetre bullet in my face so that they can use it as evidence if need be for this trial, and it may cost me my life,” Ms Reuben told the media outlet.

Read on:

NYC club shooting victim reveals she’ll go to extreme lengths to prove Diddy shot her

ICYMI: Here are all the allegations made against Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs

04:00 , Katie Hawkinson

All the allegations made against Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs

ICYMI: Diddy posted on social media for first time since federal raids

05:01 , Katie Hawkinson

Sean “Diddy” Combs has posted on social media for the first time since the raids on his homes in Miami and Los Angeles.

On 25 March, his mansions were raided by federal agents from US Homeland Security in connection to a federal sex trafficking investigation. Diddy described the actions of agents as a “gross overuse of military-level force” and insisted he is innocent of any wrongdoing.

Diddy took to Instagram for the first time since the raids on Sunday, sharing a series of photos of his toddler daughter.

“HAPPY EASTER from Baby Love,” he captioned the post.

The rapper made no mention of the current firestorm.

From Hollywood royalty to literal royalty: Here are the celebrities and artists named in the Diddy lawsuit

07:00 , Katie Hawkinson

Catch up on all those named in the latest lawsuit against Diddy:

From Hollywood royalty to literal royalty: The celebrities named in the Diddy lawsuit

VIDEO: Police bodycam footage shows Diddy associate Brendan Paul’s arrest in Miami

09:00 , Katie Hawkinson

Diddy’s ex-girlfriend releases footage of raid as she slams agents for ‘terrorising’ her sons

09:53 , Rachel Sharp

Sean “Diddy” Combs ex-girlfriend Misa Hylton has shared security footage of the raid on the rapper’s Los Angeles home as she slammed federal agents for “terrorising” their sons.

Ms Hylton is the mother of Diddy’s sons Justin Combs, 30, and his brother Christian “King” Combs, 26, who were both handcuffed by agents during the 25 March raid, carried out in connection to a federal sex trafficking investigation.

On Tuesday, she took to Instagram to post video of the raid and blasted the “overzealous and overtly militarized force” used that day.

“[The force] used against my sons Justin and Christian is deplorable. If these were the sons of a non-Black celebrity, they would not have been handled with the same aggression,” she wrote. “The attempt to humiliate and terrorize these innocent young BLACK MEN is despicable!”

Prince Harry named in $30m Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs sexual assault lawsuit

11:00 , Katie Hawkinson

The Duke of Sussex has been named in a $30m (£24m) lawsuit against Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, in which the rapper is accused of sex trafficking and sexual abuse.

Combs, who faces a litany of sexual assault allegations, is said to have drawn guests to his infamous parties through his VIP associations with “celebrities such as famous athletes, political figures, artists, musicians and international dignitaries like British Royal, Prince Harry”, according to the legal notice.

The 73-page lawsuit was filed last month by record producer Rodney Jones, and accuses the billionaire of being a serial sex abuser.

Read more from Holly Evans:

Why Prince Harry is named in $30m Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs sexual assault lawsuit

WATCH: New video shows moment FBI breach Diddy's home and handcuff sons

11:30 , Rachel Sharp

WATCH: Usher reveals what he saw at Diddy's home when he was 13

12:00 , Katie Hawkinson

Actress-Model Daphne Joy and Rapper Yung Miami named in lawsuit against Diddy

13:00 , Katie Hawkinson

Last month, music producer Rodney “Lil Rod” Jones published a bombshell lawsuit accusing rapper Sean “Diddy” Combs and his associates of sexual assault.

The producer, who worked for Combs between September 2022 and November 2023, named several notable people in his lawsuit, including fellow musicians, British royalty and members of Diddy’s staff. In response, Diddy’s lawyer has claimed Mr Jones’ lawsuit engages “reckless name-dropping about events that are pure fiction and simply did not” occur.

Daphne Joy and Yung Miami are named as alleged “sex workers” that Mr Jones says Diddy paid a “monthly fee” and forced him to solicit.

In an Instagram statement, Ms Joy called Mr Jones’ claims “100% false” and accused him of “character assassination.” Meanwhile, Yung Miami seemed to deny the claims as well, responding to a post on X implying she would do anything “for $250k.”

“Something the internet made up and yall ran with it,” the rapper said on X.

Ms Joy dated Curtis Jackson III, also known as 50 Cent, from 2011 to 2012. The actress and model also had a child with the rapper.

“I didn’t know you was a sex worker, [eye emojis] you little sex worker. LOL Yo this s*** is a movie,” 50 Cent wrote on social media after Mr Jones filed the lawsuit. He did not address Ms Joy directly in his statement.

Mr Jones also alleges that Yung Miami’s “cousin, and or assistant,” sexually assaulted him on Thanksgiving Day in 2022.

50 Cent and Daphne Joy, pictured, dated and had a child together (Getty Images)
50 Cent and Daphne Joy, pictured, dated and had a child together (Getty Images)

Universal Music Group fires back at producer’s Diddy sexual assault lawsuit

14:00 , Katie Hawkinson

Lawyers acting for record label giant Universal Music Group are pushing for their clients to be dismissed from the case brought by producer Rodney Jones, who has accused Sean “Diddy” Combs of sexual abuse.

The lawsuit was filed in a federal court in New York in February, and accuses the music mogul of repeated instances of unsolicited groping and sexual touching. It also claims that Jones was made to work in a bathroom while Diddy showered and walked around naked, and that he was forced to sleep with sex workers.

Diddy’s lawyer branded the events described in the suit as “pure fiction” and said his team had “overwhelming, indisputable proof” that Jones’s claims “are complete lies”.

Read more from Roisin O’Connor

Universal Music Group fires back at producer’s Diddy sexual assault lawsuit

Watch moment ‘over-zealous’ FBI agents march Diddy’s sons through LA mansion at gunpoint

15:00 , Katie Hawkinson

Moment ‘over-zealous’ FBI agents march Diddy’s sons through LA mansion at gunpoint

NYC club shooting victim reveals she’ll go to extreme lengths to prove Diddy shot her

15:30 , Katie Hawkinson

A woman who was injured in a nightclub shooting says she’ll go to extreme lengths to prove that rapper Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs was her attacker.

Natania Reuben was at Club New York in Manhattan, New York in December 1999 when a shooting broke out, injuring three people. Ms Reuben was shot in the face — and now she tells NewsNation she’d allow doctors to remove the pieces of a bullet still embedded in her head to prove Diddy shot her.

“If I didn’t suffer, I’m willing to have a doctor remove a part of the nine-millimetre bullet in my face so that they can use it as evidence if need be for this trial, and it may cost me my life,” Ms Reuben told the media outlet.

Read more from The Independent:

NYC club shooting victim reveals she’ll go to extreme lengths to prove Diddy shot her

Here are all the allegations made against Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs

16:00 , Katie Hawkinson

Sean “Diddy” Combs, a rapper and music mogul credited with helping launch the careers of some of the biggest stars in recent years, is now facing multiple civil lawsuits accusing him of sex trafficking, sexual abuse and rape.

Diddy has undergone a myriad of reinventions since the start of his career – but has since entered a new and unwelcome “era.”

Federal agents with US Homeland Security raided two of the rapper’s houses in Los Angeles and Miami on 25 March as he faces a string of varying accusations.

Diddy, 54, has strongly denied all of the allegations against him. His attorneys have branded the lawsuits and their accusations as money grabs, “baseless” or “sickening.”

The entertainer has not been formally charged or accused by federal prosecutors of any crime.

The new lawsuits come months after Diddy’s former partner, Casandra “Cassie” Ventura filed a lawsuit against him in November. She accused him of raping her in 2018, beating her, demanding she carry a firearm to “make her uncomfortable and demonstrate how dangerous he is” and forcing her into “unwanted sexual encounters with male sex workers.”

Ms Ventura’s lawsuit against Diddy was settled a day after she filed it for an undisclosed amount of money.

The slew of allegations in lawsuits against Diddy date as far back as the 1990s, when he founded his own record label, Bad Boy Records.

Read on:

All the allegations made against Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs

WATCH: Usher reveals what he saw at Diddy's home when he was 13

16:30 , Katie Hawkinson

Diddy’s ex-girlfriend posts footage of LA home raid as she blasts agents use of ‘excessive’ force on her sons

17:01 , Katie Hawkinson

Federal agents who raided multiple homes belonging to music mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs used “excessive” force against the rapper’s sons, according to a former partner, who shared alleged security video footage of the encounters.

On Tuesday, Mr Combs’s ex-partner Misa Hylton shared edited video on social media of Homeland Security agents raiding one of Mr Combs’s properties, part of a wider operation that targeted the musician’s homes in Los Angeles and Miami.

In the footage, Ms Hylton and Mr Combs’ son Justin, 30, is seen being handcuffed by federal agents, as is Christian Combs, Justin’s half-brother by a different mother, the late model and singer Kim Porter.

“The attempt to humiliate and terrorize these innocent young BLACK MEN is despicable!” Ms Hylton, a fashion designer and life coach, wrote in a caption on Instagram accompanying the video. “Enough is Enough! Did Justin need several laser beams from firearms pointed at his chest?? Did Christian need a gun pointed at the back of his head while he was handcuffed??”

“How many times have we seen young UNARMED BLACK MEN not make it out of these types of situations alive??” she added.

Read more from Josh Marcus:

Diddy’s ex posts footage of raid as she blasts use of ‘excessive’ force on her sons

Universal Music Group fires back at producer’s Diddy sexual assault lawsuit

17:30 , Katie Hawkinson

Lawyers acting for record label giant Universal Music Group are pushing for their clients to be dismissed from the case brought by producer Rodney Jones, who has accused Sean “Diddy” Combs of sexual abuse.

The lawsuit was filed in a federal court in New York in February, and accuses the music mogul of repeated instances of unsolicited groping and sexual touching. It also claims that Jones was made to work in a bathroom while Diddy showered and walked around naked, and that he was forced to sleep with sex workers.

Diddy’s lawyer branded the events described in the suit as “pure fiction” and said his team had “overwhelming, indisputable proof” that Jones’s claims “are complete lies”.

Roisin O’Connor has the story:

Universal Music Group fires back at producer’s Diddy sexual assault lawsuit

From Hollywood royalty to literal royalty: Here are the celebrities and artists named in the Diddy lawsuit

18:00 , Katie Hawkinson

Catch up on who is named in the latest lawsuit against Diddy:

From Hollywood royalty to literal royalty: The celebrities named in the Diddy lawsuit

Actress-Model Daphne Joy and Rapper Yung Miami named in lawsuit against Diddy

18:30 , Katie Hawkinson

Last month, music producer Rodney “Lil Rod” Jones published a bombshell lawsuit accusing rapper Sean “Diddy” Combs and his associates of sexual assault.

The producer, who worked for Combs between September 2022 and November 2023, named several notable people in his lawsuit, including fellow musicians, British royalty and members of Diddy’s staff. In response, Diddy’s lawyer has claimed Mr Jones’ lawsuit engages “reckless name-dropping about events that are pure fiction and simply did not” occur.

Daphne Joy and Yung Miami are named as alleged “sex workers” that Mr Jones says Diddy paid a “monthly fee” and forced him to solicit.

In an Instagram statement, Ms Joy called Mr Jones’ claims “100% false” and accused him of “character assassination.” Meanwhile, Yung Miami seemed to deny the claims as well, responding to a post on X implying she would do anything “for $250k.”

“Something the internet made up and yall ran with it,” the rapper said on X.

Ms Joy dated Curtis Jackson III, also known as 50 Cent, from 2011 to 2012. The actress and model also had a child with the rapper.

“I didn’t know you was a sex worker, [eye emojis] you little sex worker. LOL Yo this s*** is a movie,” 50 Cent wrote on social media after Mr Jones filed the lawsuit. He did not address Ms Joy directly in his statement.

Mr Jones also alleges that Yung Miami’s “cousin, and or assistant,” sexually assaulted him on Thanksgiving Day in 2022.

Why is Rodney Jones suing Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs?

19:00 , Katie Hawkinson

In the most recent lawsuit against Diddy, filed on 26 February 2024 in New York, producer Rodney “Lil Rod” Jones alleged he was “subjected to unwanted advances by associates of Diddy at his direction” and that he was forced to engage in relations with the sex workers Combs had hired.

The producer, who worked for Combs between September 2022 and November 2023 claimed Combs sexually harassed, drugged and threatened him for more than a year.

He said he has video and audio evidence of Combs, his staff and others “engaging in serious illegal activity.” The lawsuit identified Rapper 50 Cent‘s former girlfriend and the mother of one of his children, Daphne Joy, as one of the alleged sex workers.

The lawsuit also alleges that Combs regularly hosted “sex-trafficking parties” with underage women and illegal drugs, and implies record label executives who looked the other way financially benefited from access to celebrities and dignitaries, including the British royal Prince Harry.

Prince Harry is not accused of any wrongdoing or of attending parties himself.

Diddy’s attorney told The Los Angeles Times that the lawsuit contains “reckless name-dropping about events that are pure fiction and simply did not” occur.

Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs mutes comments on Instagram after returning to social media

19:30 , Katie Hawkinson

Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs mutes comments on Instagram after returning to social media

VIDEO: NYC club shooting victim reveals she'll go to extreme lengths to prove Diddy shot her

20:00 , Katie Hawkinson

NYC club shooting victim reveals she’ll go to extreme lengths to prove Diddy shot her

20:30 , Katie Hawkinson

A woman who was injured in a nightclub shooting says she’ll go to extreme lengths to prove that rapper Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs was her attacker.

Natania Reuben was at Club New York in Manhattan, New York in December 1999 when a shooting broke out, injuring three people. Ms Reuben was shot in the face — and now she tells NewsNation she’d allow doctors to remove the pieces of a bullet still embedded in her head to prove Diddy shot her.

“If I didn’t suffer, I’m willing to have a doctor remove a part of the nine-millimetre bullet in my face so that they can use it as evidence if need be for this trial, and it may cost me my life,” Ms Reuben told the media outlet.

Read more from The Independent:

NYC club shooting victim reveals she’ll go to extreme lengths to prove Diddy shot her

Ashton Kutcher says there’s ‘a lot I can’t tell’ about Diddy in resurfaced interview

21:00 , Katie Hawkinson

Ashton Kutcher says there’s ‘a lot I can’t tell’ about Diddy in resurfaced interview

Diddy’s ex Misa Hylton slams federal agents for ‘terrorising’ sons in raid: ‘Enough is enough’

22:00 , Katie Hawkinson

Sean “Diddy” Combs’s ex-girlfriend Misa Hylton called out federal agents for “excessive use of force” against her sons.

Justin and Christian Combs (aged 30 and 26, respectively) were handcuffed by Homeland Security during the raid on Diddy’s Los Angeles mansion last week.

The music mogul’s homes in LA and Miami were raided in connection to a federal human trafficking investigation against the rapper.

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Diddy’s ex Misa Hylton slams federal agents for ‘terrorising’ sons in raid